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They are often virtually disfranchised; and indeed there are advocates for their
celibacy. As far as this is true of the studious classes, it is not just and wise. Action
is with the scholar subordinate, but it is essential. Without it he is not yet man.
This gives all true language a natural tendency toward growth and development,
which seems almost like a life of its own. Languages are not invented; they grow
with our need for expression. In contrast, animal "speech" never has a structure.
It is at this point that the special connection between politics and the debasement
of language becomes clear. In our time it is broadly true that political writing is
bad writing. Where it is not true, it will generally be found that the writer is some ...
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THE RIGHT USE OF LANGUAGE
THE AMERICAN CRISIS
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